Homemade Whipped Topping aka Make Your Own Cool Whip

A few weeks ago, on Ingredient Spotlight, we shared frozen whipped topping recipes.  Loy, one of my readers who you get to meet next week, shared a recipe for homemade whipped topping.

I’d never thought about making my own whipped topping before, but the idea was intriguing.  And when I decided to make this cake, I knew this was the time to experiment (aka play) with the recipe.  The result is light, subtly sweet and creamy.  I really wished I could have added a hint of vanilla, but I didn’t want to use extract.  I wanted to keep it pure white and I also was unsure about messing up the proportions of liquid.

Later, I thought about using vanilla infused sugar.  You can do this at home just by putting a vanilla bean in sugar and leaving it there for about a week.  (I must try this soon.)  I think the vanilla flavor would greatly enhance the taste of the whipped topping.

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Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

whole wheat cranberry oatmeal cookies done

Most of my desserts don’t rank high on nutrition.  I don’t expect that out of a dessert.  But this one is different.  Made with whole wheat flour, oatmeal and dried cranberries, these cookies offer more than just good taste.  The recipe is adapted from Whole Foods for the Whole Family.  The original called for wheat germ, but I didn’t have any so I altered the amount of flour.  I also added cranberries to give them more taste and interest.

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